Skip to main content

Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

Click "More / Share / Borrow" for each clip's source context and citation link. HTML5 compatible browser required

Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative D-CA, Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 09/20/2013
Almost all courts that have a significant Constitutional dimension as this one are adversarial in nature. You have both parties represented. The court hears from both sides. But that's not true in the FISA court. I think it's one of the reasons why the public has less confidence in the court and by introducing this privacy advocate I think the public would have more confidence. I think the court would be better informed in making its decisions.
Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative D-CA, Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 09/20/2013
I think the public would have more confidence that the decisions were being made properly if it knew that this (FISA) court was hearing from both sides, that there was someone who was well trained to articulate the constitutional legal principles. That was there to represent the privacy interests of the public. Some of the former FISA court judges have now spoken out publicly saying that they believe that this would be a step in the right direction to have that adversarial process.
Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative D-CA, Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/15/2014
Schiff: My bill would effectuate the recommendation of that task force. It would leave the records at the providers. It would also say that before going to the providers seeking the connections with a number, that it would go through the FISA court, get FISA court approval, unless there were an emergency. There would be an exigence circumstances exception where they could go straight to the providers, get the information they need. After the fact, have it reviewed by the court . If the court decides, no, that was not a proper request, it would be expunged. That's what my bill would do it think it's consistent with what the task force recommended.
Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative D-CA, Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 08/13/2015
Schiff: So today in another moment of national danger we are challenged to reaffirm our commitment to these twin imperatives, security and liberty and to prove again that we can find the right balance for our times. The U.S.A. Freedom Act strikes that delicate but vitally important balance. On the side of freedom, it ends bulk collection, not just of telephone metadata under section 215 but of any bulk collection under any other authority. It creates a specific procedure for telephone metadata that allows the government, upon court approval, to query the data that the telephone companies already keep, something I've long advocated. It increases transparency by requiring a declassification review of all significant FISA court opinions and by requiring the government to provide the public with detailed information about how they use these national security authorities.
Adam Schiff
U.S. Representative D-CA, Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 08/13/2015
Schiff: And it provides for a panel of experts to advocate for privacy and civil liberties before the FISA court, also something I've advocated for quite some time. At the same time the U.S.A. Freedom Act of 2015 preserves important capabilities and makes further national security enhancements by closing loopholes that make it difficult for the government to track foreign terrorists and spies as they enter or leave the country clarifying the application of FISA to those who facilitate the international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and increasing the maximum penalties for those who provide material support for terrorism.
Showing 1 through 5 of 5
Page 1